Book ID: CBB780454462

The Hidden God: Pragmatism and Posthumanism in American Thought (2015)


Ryan White (Author)

Columbia University Press

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 248
Language: English

The Hidden God revisits the origins of American pragmatism and finds a nascent "posthumanist" critique shaping early modern thought. By reaching as far back as the Calvinist arguments of the American Puritans and their struggle to know a "hidden God," this book brings American pragmatism closer to contemporary critical theory.Ryan White reads the writings of key American philosophers, including Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, and Charles Sanders Peirce, against modern theoretical works by Niklas Luhmann, Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida, Sharon Cameron, Cary Wolfe, and Gregory Bateson. This juxtaposition isolates the distinctly posthumanist form of pragmatism that began to arise in these early texts, challenging the accepted genealogy of pragmatic discourse and common definitions of posthumanist critique. Its rigorously theoretical perspective has wide implications for humanities research, enriching investigations into literature, history, politics, and art.

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Authors & Contributors
Thompson, Paul B.
Hilde, Thomas C.
Bauerlein, Mark
Bordogna, Francesca M.
Montmarquet, James A.
Campbell, James
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
History of European Ideas
Perspectives on Science
Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Vanderbilt University Press
Duke University Press
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Cambridge University Press
University of California, Santa Cruz
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Pragmatism; instrumentalism
Philosophy of science
Free will and determinism
James, William
Peirce, Charles Sanders
Dewey, John
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Rorty, Richard
Jefferson, Thomas
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
United States
North America: United States; Canada

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